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Illustrations are a natural accompaniment to the written word. Ancient Egyptians illustrated the papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead that they would bury with mummies. Early in the 13th and 14th Centuries, monks dutifully reproduced holy books and often added elaborate pictures in ink and gold leaves. Similar to the history of bookbinding, the more modern tradition of book illustrations began with wood boards and block printing. As technology advanced and as Gutenberg introduced the world to typography and the printing press, illustrated books grew in number and popularity.In addition to wood boards, steel-engraving and lithography also became widely accepted methods for illustration. And of course, photography was introduced to the literary world in the 19th Century when photos could be reproduced in books.

The Fairy Books: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive and Lilac by Lang, Andrew [Editor]

London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1910. First Edition. Very Good. First edition. Andrew Lang's Color Fairy Books, complete in twelve volumes, all first impressions of the first edition: Blue (1889), Red (1890), Green (1892), Yellow (1894), Pink (1897),…

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Zathura: A Space Adventure. by VAN ALLSBURG, Chris

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002. Signed by Chris Van Allsburg on the title page. First edition / First printing. Black cloth spine, navy paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket.…

From Orpheus Books


Le imagini de i dei de gli antichi nelle quali si contengono gl'idoli, riti, ceremonie, & altre cose appartenenti alla religione de gli antichi by Cartari, Vincenzo

First ILLUSTRATED edition. Very good copy. Very scarce Valgrisi edition. Complete [36], 566 [i. e. 560] pp. 88 full-page engraved copperplates. Ex libris. Few contemporary marks/annotations. …

From Caelestica Rare Books



Macmillan and Co. London. 1899. Early edition, reprint of the first Brock edition which was issued in 1895. 8vo. (7.9 x 5.5 inches). Forty full page illustrations by Brock. Tissue paper guard over frontis is a bit foxed otherwise a very good bright copy …

From Paul Foster Books


THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON by Barrie, J. M. & Hugh Thomson

UK: Hodder & Soughton. Very Good. N.D.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Twenty tipped in colour plates by Thomson with tissue guards. Ornate gilt decoration on red cloth cover. A lovely vintage (circa 1920 est. ) gift edition. Spine cloth slightly faded wit…

From Village Booksellers LLC


ALICE`S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. With Forty-Two illustrations by John Tenniel by CARROLL. LEWIS. ; Tenniel. John. Illustrates

MacMillan and Co. London. 1868. FIFTH EDITION (Fourth published), (Eleventh thousand). Octavo. (7.4 x 5.1 inches). Forty two beautiful line illustrations by John Tenniel. Original tissue guard still present on frontispiece. Three line presentation inscri…

From Paul Foster Books



Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1923. FIRST EDITION. 1st printing. 8vo.(8.3 x 5.7 inches). Illustrated with 12 mono collotype plates by the author. Fine and clean throughout, with many gatherings still unopened. An unread copy. Original black cloth with gilt …

From Paul Foster Books


Piccolo by Bettina [Ehrlich]

HarperB. First printing. Hardcover. FINE. Bettina. English NY, 1954, Harper & Bros. Cloth, 4 3/4x4, 64p, DW. A charming little book about a cute donkey, son of Cocolo, who becomes a movie star.…

From Cattermole 20th Century Children's Books


Dans le sillage d'Ulysse by Bérard, Victor

Album Odysséen. Photographies de Fred. Boissonnas. 1ère édition. 8 pp. + 265 héliogravures + 1 folding map h.t. 26,4x22,5 cm. Librairie Armand Colin, Paris, 1933. --- (...) Les photographies qui sont reproduites dans ce volume sont l'oeuvre de Fréd…

From Pelargos Bookstore, MBS



Macmillan & Co. London. 1927 and 28. TWO VOLUMES. Reprints of the 1907 and 1908 Miniature editions. 8vo, (6.1 x 4.3 inches). Both volumes are beautifully Illustrated throughout, with forty-two and fifty line engravings respectively, by John Tenniel. Tiss…

From Paul Foster Books


Wee Gillis (Caldecott Honor) by Leaf, Munro

Viking. First Printing. Hardcover. FINE. Lawson, Robert. English NY, 1938, Viking Cloth spine, 7x10, 72p, DW A Scottish boy who must choose between life in the Highlands stalking stags or in the Lowlands with the kine; his choice surprises both his uncl…

From Cattermole 20th Century Children's Books


A Child's Garden Of Verses by Smith, Jessie Willcox

Stevenson, Robert Louis: A Child's Garden of Verses, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. 1905, Charles Scribner's Sons. FIRST EDITION THUS. Copyright page States BB2C-1.58 [H]. Yellow topstain. Used. VG/Good- original price-clipped purple dust jacket. RA…

From Mary Riversong Books


Honzo Zufu: Tsubaki by Kan'en Iwasaki

Rare volume on camellias from Kan'en Iwasaki's multi-volume botanical series Honzo Zufu (Iconographia Plantarum), originally compiled in 1828 and later published in 92 volumes. This volume, number 88 in the series, includes 10 pages of text and index of c…

From Florilegius


Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album by NOVELLI, Francesco

Probaly Venice, 1825. An exquisite suite of watercolours, including a beautiful series of scenes documenting a Venetian commedia dell'arte troupe, by the Italian artist Francesco Novelli. Francesco Novelli (1767-1836), one of the preeminent artists of hi…

From Rare Illustrated Books


Kaishien Gaden by [Wang Gai]

Kaishien Gaden (Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden) is an Edo-Era Japanese edition of the very popular Chinese painting guide Jieziyuan Huazhaun by Wang Gai, first published in the Qing Dynasty in China (1701). The manual was reprinted many times from 1748…

From Florilegius


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